Call for Abstracts for Oral Presentations and Posters

American Ornithological Society & BirdsCaribbean 2022

Submission Deadline Extended: March 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET
Submission form: AOS Member Portal

Post updated 3/8/22 to extend the submission deadline.

We invite ornithologists to present their work at the 2022 joint conference of the American Ornithological Society and BirdsCaribbean, with local hosts Para la Naturaleza and Sociedad Ornitológica Puertorriqueña, to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 27 June–2 July 2022. This in-person meeting offers a wonderful opportunity for sharing and discussing scientific research in all areas involving birds. Presentations related to the conference theme “On the Wings of Recovery: Resilience and Action” are particularly encouraged, although any subjects of broad interest in ornithology are welcome. We invite submission of abstracts for consideration as either 15-minute oral presentations or poster presentations

All 15-minute oral presentations and poster presentations will be delivered during scheduled paper or poster sessions 28 June–2 July 2022 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Oral presentations should be no more than 12 min. in duration, allowing for a 2-min. question-and-answer period at the end and a 1-min. speaker transition. Presentations may be made in either English or Spanish. However, we strongly encourage presenters to have bilingual slides/posters to help maximize access to their presentation. It is the presenter’s responsibility to translate content; Google Translate or DeepL Translator provide acceptable translations. We understand that creating effective bilingual presentations can be challenging but we hope you strongly consider it to make this meeting of ornithologists inclusive. 

Because the number of available slots in the scientific program may be limited, it is suggested that attendees plan to be the presenting author for only one 15-min. contributed oral presentation. However, attendees who have been invited to present in an accepted symposium may submit a second abstract for a contributed 15-min. oral presentation. Based on its blind review of submitted abstracts, the Scientific Program Committee may ask that some authors requesting a 15-min. oral presentation present a poster instead. Posters are especially appropriate for smaller, more concise projects or those in an early or intermediate stage of development; abstracts providing explicit final results are more likely to be accepted for an oral presentation than those with preliminary or ambiguous findings. We do not anticipate limiting the number of poster abstracts that a single presenting author can submit.

Titles and abstracts must be submitted in both English and Spanish, so plan ahead! By submitting an abstract, the presenting author agrees to register for the conference and to deliver the presentation if it is accepted for the scientific program. 

If you are not experienced with writing scientific abstracts, consider reading one of the many online writing guides (examples can be found here and here). In general, include 1–2 sentences of background information followed by 1–2 sentences stating the question or hypothesis to be addressed, a brief summary of the methodology used, and a brief summary of the key results and interpretation. Be concise, be precise, use first person, and avoid statements that don’t convey information (e.g., “results of our analyses will be discussed”). Abstracts are limited to 1,750 characters including spaces (approximately 250 words).

All abstracts must be submitted online via the AOS Member Portal. The deadline for abstract submission is 15 March 2022 at 11:59 PM ET (deadline extended). 

Send questions to Emily Cohen, Ron Mumme, and Lisa Sorenson, co-chairs of the Scientific Program Committee (via email to spc[at], with the subject AOS & BC 2022 Abstracts.

PLEASE NOTE: We’ll update this announcement to include the submission link when it becomes available.

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